Tying shoes – really!

The fun of traveling includes the fun of planning. Since our next big trip involves many months and the seasons summer, fall, and winter and we intend to go carry-on, I have been haunting the packing sites for advice. On one I found a rabbit hole about how to properly tie one’s shoes. Well, my lovely mother had done her parental duties when I was a child and did teach me to tie my shoes, but my bows were always a little catawampus and never sat on my shoes in a stylish manner.  Well, since I had purchased a pair of hiking/water shoes that are super cute for the trip, I jumped merrily down that rabbit hole!

Ian’s Shoelace Site, https://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/tying.htm, will tell you way more about tying shoes than you ever thought you needed, wanted or could know. I did manage to avoid exploring the entire rabbit warren of the site and learned how to tie my shoes so the lace sits horizontally across my shoes and makes me look like I know how to put together an outfit! 20181023_091428It may seem like a small thing, but I have always been envious of people who could tie a bow that looked like a bow – on shoes, in scarves, whatever. Now I can! And, I don’t need to worry about embarrassing other travelers from Ohio by looking like we can’t tie our shoes neatly. I will likely set a low bar in many other areas, but at least my shoes look good!

“There is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing.” —Scandinavian proverb, attributed to Roald Amundsen, first man on the South Pole.

Welcome to our Blog!


20171114_090630Welcome to our travel blog. We are people living our dream of seeing what is out there. Lucky enough to retire early, we are taking advantage of having time and energy to explore. The first year of our freedom was filled many fun trips and as we reminisced we realized that we needed a way to keep the adventures fresh in our minds. So, we are starting this blog for us and to share with friends and family – known and soon to be met!

When Dan was travelling in Belize a number of years ago, the boat taking his group to a Mayan site encountered some mechanical difficulty. As they sat in the boat awaiting rescue several passengers were worried and upset about the delay, imagined problems would arise and otherwise viewed the situation as a problem. There was one passenger, an older woman with a British accent travelling alone, who had another perspective. She announced, with a joyous smile, “Oh goody, an Adventure!” This had an indelible impact on Dan that he has shared with me over the years. We have adopted that saying as our travel mantra! There are no “problems” or “disasters” in life, there are opportunities for adventure, good stories and new experiences.

So, welcome to our blog! We will share our adventures, pictures, and any lessons we learn or wish we hadn’t had to learn. We are not intrepid adventurers going off the grid, we are not luxury seekers or budget travelers, we are just a pair of middle-aged folks seeing the sites. There will be day hikes, city walks, brewery reviews, winery visits, tall tales and advice.  We hope you enjoy hearing about our adventures because we are certainly going to be enjoying having them!

Dan and Lisa

“Traveling outgrows its motives. It soon proves sufficient in itself. You think you are making a trip, but soon it is making you – or unmaking you.”
Nicolas Bouvier